January 02, 2008

WA: DUI killer - "When it came time to stand up like a man ... he chose to run"

From the AP: Drunken Driver Who Fled US Gets 14 Years

A man who fled to Ireland to avoid prosecution for killing three college students in a 2001 drunken-driving wreck was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum 14 years and three months in prison.

"You were grossly irresponsible," Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier told Frederick Russell. "You are going to get the maximum sentence under the law. You deserve it. It's as simple as that..."

From the Moscow - Pullman Daily News:

Russell gets 14 years in prison

Russell — for the first time — also addressed the families. “I’ll never know the right things to say to you ... I’m so sorry for your loss,” he said.

Killed in the collision were WSU seniors Brandon Clements, 22, of Wapato; Stacy G. Morrow, 21, of Milton; and Ryan Sorensen, 21, of Westport...